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  • Review and Giveaway: Charmin Essentials Bath Tissue

    One thing true bargain hunters know is that if you want to pay the lowest price on everyday items, you can’t be brand-loyal. So like the true coupon-wielding bargain hunter that I am, I’ve tried the different brands of toilet paper out there. And that experience actually made me brand loyal to Charmin Ultra Soft, which is by far my preferred brand of toilet paper. (I know, you didn’t really need to know that about me. But this is a review and giveaway of toilet paper, after all! Speaking of which, as always, all opinions are honest and my own. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.) There is only one other brand of bath tissue that I’ll tolerate, so I freely admit that I’m picky when it comes to toilet paper.

    Since my preferred brand is Charmin, I couldn’t resist when I was asked to review their new line of bath tissue, Charmin Essentials. Could there really be a more economical toilet paper that I might actually like?

    Charmin Essentials Review & Giveaway

    There are two varieties of Charmin Essentials:

    Charmin Essentials Soft provides Charmin-like softness at an Angel Soft®-like price. Charmin Essentials Soft is clog-safe and septic-safe.*

    Charmin Essentials Strong provides a big Charmin roll at a Scott® 1000-like price. Charmin Essentials Strong has 3x the strength so you can feel your cleanest. Charmin Essentials Strong is also clog-safe and septic-safe.*

    I received both types of Charmin Essentials and I was impressed. Charmin Essentials Soft is just a little bit rougher than Charmin Ultra Soft, making it the thickest bargain soft bath tissue I’ve ever tried. In fact, once it was on the toilet paper holder, I forgot that it was a different variety than what I usually use! I can’t give it higher praise than that. If you want to save some money on toilet paper but hate the thin, quick-to-shred brands, this is the one for you.

    Similarly, Charmin Essentials Strong also seems just a little bit rougher than Charmin Ultra Strong and is a high-quality bath tissue. If you like strong toilet paper but hate the sandpaper kinds (who doesn’t?), then you need to try Essentials Strong. In fact, I thought the difference between the Essentials Soft and Essentials Strong is exactly the same as the difference between Ultra Soft and Ultra Strong.

    Charmin Essentials Strong and Charmin Essentials Soft are both available online and at local retailers nationwide in a variety of different sizes. Please note that pricing is at the sole discretion of the retailer. *Angel Soft® is a registered trademark of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Productions LP. Scott® 1000 is a registered trademark of Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. Comparisons based on MSRP and versus the leading bargain brand.

    If you’re shopping in-store, you can print a coupon for $0.25/1 Charmin Basic or Essentials Soft & Strong Bath Tissue. There was also a coupon for $0.25/1 Charmin Product in the 7/31 P&G insert, and another one coming in the 8/28 P&G insert.

    WIN IT!

    Charmin wants to give one lucky CFO reader a Charmin Essentials Prize Pack containing two packages of Charmin Essentials Soft and two packages of Charmin Essentials Strong. Each package contains six Mega rolls, which is equivalent to 24 rolls. In other words, the winner will receive the equivalent of 96 rolls of toilet paper! It may not be terribly exciting, but we all need toilet paper! To enter, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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    1. I would prefer soft.

    2. terms and conditions – where?

    3. I prefer the soft.

    4. shelly peterson says:

      I would prefer soft.

    5. Soft! I want cushy for the tushy. 🙂

    6. vickie couturier says:

      i would prefer soft

    7. Jennifer Rote says:

      I think I’d like the Charmin Essentials soft.

    8. Christine says:

      I think I would prefer soft. I’ll let you know after I try! 😉

    9. chickie brewer says:

      I prefer the soft as well.

    10. Thank you – I would prefer the soft.

    11. Venessa Woolley says:

      I prefer strong. I have five kids. That stuff better not break easily! 😉

    12. Jessica To says:

      I would like the soft Charmin.

    13. Seyma Shabbir says:

      I prefer strong… I want it to do the job well!

    14. I would prefer soft Charmin

    15. Steve Weber says:

      I would prefer soft over strong.

    16. Crystal Broyles says:


    17. Charmin ultra soft is my preferred tp also. I would love a chance to try these two new offerings for free.

    18. Kim Henrichs says:

      I would say strong.

    19. I think I would prefer the Charmin Essentials Strong.
      Thank you!

    20. Mary Cloud says:

      I think I’d prefer the Soft Charmin

    21. Michelle J. says:


    22. I would prefer Strong.

    23. Allison Swain says:

      I would prefer soft.

      Thanks for the chance to win this

    24. Jillian Too says:

      I would prefer the Strong because it has 3x the strength.

    25. Andrea Williams says:

      I would prefer the Strong.

    26. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

      I buy one of each–I put the soft in my bathroom and the strong in the downstairs bathroom.

    27. Oh I think I will love the soft! Although I would love to try both!! Might be the strong! 🙂

    28. Kathy Linklater says:

      I would prefer strong.

    29. I prefer soft. But strong is very important as well.

    30. I prefer soft

    31. I would prefer the soft.

    32. Trisha Burgess says:

      I prefer strong! It needs to hold up to the boys in the house!

    33. I like the soft over the strong

    34. Thomas Murphy says:

      I would like soft.

    35. Kerrie Mayans says:

      I would prefer the strong.

    36. I prefer strong